Monday, a pair of LSU defensive linemen — Christian LaCouture and Isaiah Washington — suffered knee injuries that would potentially keep them off the field this season.
Tuesday morning, multiple reporters confirmed: Both players are done in 2016.
TheAdvocate.com‘s Ross Dellenger reported that LaCouture (torn ACL) and Washington (“serious ligament damage”) will be shifting their focus to next year.
LaCouture, a senior tackle, has started 23 career games for the Tigers, racking up 86 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He considered leaving school for the NFL this past spring, but decided to stick around. Pundits considered him one of the best defensive line prospects in the country before Monday’s injury.
Washington, a sophomore, was set to back up All-American candidate Arden Key at the BUCK (hybrid end/outside linebacker) position after contributing three tackles in 2015. Initial reports on his injury indicated he would miss a “prolonged” period of time, although the specifics of his ligament damage are not yet clear.
While he was not an impact player last season, Washington’s injury is a blow to LSU’s depth at outside linebacker and defensive end, which we previously called a “glaring position of need.”